Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 13

The I In Team

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2000 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: When Spike gets shot by the Initiative soldiers with the tracer, he's wearing his coat, but when he goes to Giles and the gang for help, there's no hole or damage to his coat.
      In fact, he has to partially remove his coat to show them the tracer (which did leave a hole in his shirt).

    • Nitpick: Somehow, near the end of the episode Buffy gets into Giles' apartment without anyone noticing her until she speaks up. Even if she did so as quietly as possible it's bright sunshine outside, the room should have lit up when Buffy opened the door.

    • Nitpick: When Anya is seen in closeup while playing poker a small round clock can be seen on a table next to the phone. Although the scene lasts about two minutes, the time on the clock stays at 8:40.

    • Goof: In the poker scene the amount of potato chips in the blue bowl keeps changing, even though no one eats any of them.

    • Goof: Xander and Anya are trying to sell Giles some Boost Bars. When all three are seen together Anya is sitting with her legs tucked under her. When just Xander and Anya are shown Anya hasn't moved, yet her skirt has moved and her right arm is resting on a pillow that isn't in the other shot.

    • Goof: When Professor Walsh introduces Dr. Angleman there is a technician on his right lowering his arms to his side. In the very next shot the technician has his arms crossed and is twirling a pen in his right hand.

    • In "Witch", Willow called herself, Xander and Giles the 'Slayerettes'. This term wasn't used again until the episode "The I in Team".

    • Nitpicks: At the end of the early crypt scene where Giles repays Spike, Giles opens the door to leave and Spike moves to the side to avoid the sunlight. However, throughout the scene Spike does not seem to mind the large amount of direct sunlight coming through the window. And if we say that the sunlight coming through the window isn't direct enough, then it follows that the sunlight coming through the door wouldn't be either, unless it's early morning or late evening and the door just happens to face directly east or west, as appropriate. It seems unlikely a vampire would choose a place with that kind of vulnerability.

    • Goof: There is a guy on the ground in the teaser who disappears in later shots.

    • Goof: When Maggie enters the 314 door you first see it close from the outside, but when the shot changes you can see her finish closing the door, when it already finished closing in the previous shot.

    • Nitpick: When the Initiative boys attack Spike, he shoves one down and throws another one into a tree, hard, but the chip obviously doesn't respond, possibly because no significant harm was being done, but this needed to be highlighted or explained better.

  • Quotes

    • Forrest: I've always been Riley's second-in-command. Instead he picks a girl.
      Graham: His girl.
      Forrest: Whatever. Three guesses on what that boy's thinking with.

    • Buffy: Anya seems a bit edgy.
      Willow: She's a little antsy around commando-types. Ex-demon issues.

    • Riley: Hope you don't mind us tagging along.
      Willow: No, no, of course not. The more, the... more.

    • Anya: Xander, you haven't been paying any attention to me tonight. Just peddling those processed food bricks. I don't know why.
      Xander: Well, let me put it in a way you'll understand. Sell bars, make money, take Anya nice places, buy pretty things.
      Anya: That does make sense. All right, I support you. Go sell more.

    • Willow: I've been trying to find a dolcite crystal my entire life. Well, since June, anyway.

    • Maggie: I've assembled some reading material to bring you up to speed.
      Buffy: Oh. And I thought I was never going to get homework from you again.
      Maggie: You can't take that home. That's classified material. Highly sensitive. When you're through reading those pages you'll have to eat them.
      Riley: She's joking.
      Maggie: Don't worry - doesn't happen very often.

    • Buffy: Tell me about your night.
      Willow: Well, spent most of it at Xander's, teaching Anya to play poker.
      Buffy: That sounds like fun.
      Willow: Yeah. Except the Anya part, and the poker part.

    • Walsh: So. All right. Fine. If she wants a fight, we'll give her one. Won't we, Adam? I've worked too long. Too long...to let some little bitch threaten this project. Threaten me. She has no idea who she's dealing with. Once she's gone, Riley will come around. He'll understand.

    • Buffy: Professor Walsh. That simple little recon you sent me on... wasn't a raccoon. Turns out it was me trapped in the sewers with a faulty weapon and two of your pet demons. If you think that's enough to kill me, you really don't know what a Slayer is. Trust me when I say you're gonna find out.

    • Giles: It doesn't appear to be a bullet. It's too deeply embedded to be a tranquilizer dart.
      Spike: Also not tranquil.
      Giles: Some sort of...illumination emanating from it. It's blinking.
      Spike: I don't care if it's playing "Rockin' the Casbah" on the bloody Jew's harp, just get it out of me!

    • Spike: Look! The buggers shot me. In the back.
      Giles: Remind me. Why should I help you?
      Spike: Because you do that. You're the goody-good guys. You're the bloody freaking cavalry.

    • Giles: How is this our concern? Seeing as how you've expressed the desire to have nothing more to do with us.
      Xander: Spike said that?
      Giles: Mm-hmm.
      Xander: ...That hurts.

    • Giles: Very well. Hmm, maple walnut.
      Xander: An excellent choice.
      Giles: Please leave my home now.
      Xander: It's the, uh, the gritty texture, isn't it? Maybe you're more
      a cherry-berry fellow.

    • Xander: W-- try one! Check these flavors. Cherry-berry. Maple
      walnut. Ooo, almond licorice.
      Anya: Ew.
      Xander: Anya, we don't say 'ew' in front of potential customers.
      Anya: Just skip this part and tell him you want money to buy me pretty
      things. He'll understand.

    • Walsh: We've made significant advances in reconditioning the sub-terrestrials. Bringing them to a point where they no longer pose a threat.
      Buffy: So I've seen... on the Discovery Channel. With gorillas and sharks. They-they made them all nice. You haven't seen it?

    • Riley: I don't like to brag.
      Buffy: I had no idea. This is incredible. But not that I thought it was some fly-by-night operation. Unless it is! I mean, can you guys fly? At night. With those jet-pack things, do you have those?

    • Spike: Hey! Wipe your feet when you enter a person's home.
      Giles: Oh, yes. Careless of me. Tracking mud all over your, uh...mud.

    • Walsh: It took the patrol team 42 minutes to track you and you neutralized them in 28 seconds.
      Buffy: I was just lucky.
      Walsh: I see. Well...still. Very impressive.
      Buffy: I was just being modest with the whole 'lucky' thing. You got that, right?

    • Willow: Everyone is getting spanked but me.

    • Willow: I implore you, Neisa, blessed goddess of chance and fortune, heed my call. Send to me the heart I desire.
      Xander: You know, magic at the poker table qualifies as cheating.
      Willow: That wasn't magic. I was praying. Two please.

    • Willow: Guess she's out with Riley. You know how it is with a spanking new boyfriend.
      Anya: Yes, we've enjoyed spanking.

    • Xander: You are looking at the new local distributor for Boost Bars. 'The natural food bar that provides a nutritional energy boost for active, health-conscience people.' Want one?
      Willow: No. Thanks. Those things usually taste . . kind of tasteless. And then leave a bad after-tastelessness.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Visual
      After Buffy and Riley capture the Polgara demon, they have sex. In "Faith, Hope and Trick" (3x03), Faith said that slaying makes her horny and hungry. Buffy awkwardly responds saying yes to the hungry part. Apparently slaying does make her horny.

    • Title: The I in Team
      The title of the episode comes from the expression "There's no I in team" - meaning that in a team sport there's no room an individual who wants to do everything by themselves. This is perhaps how Professor Walsh feels about Buffy being part of the Initiative.

    • Spike: I don't care if it's playing "Rock the Casbah" on the bloody Jew's harp just get it out of me.
      Spike refers to the song "Rock the Casbah" by the British band The Clash.

    • Buffy: You mean the cammo and stuff? I thought about it but, I mean, it's gonna look all Private Benjamin.
      Buffy talks about a woman in camouflage with reference to the movie (and later television show) Private Benjamin. The movie (and TV show) was about a woman in the Army.

    • Willow: I mean, okay, yeah, they neuter vampires and demons. But then what? Get them jobs as bag-boys at Wal-Mart?
      Wal-Mart is the huge discount retailer that as far as I know does not have bag-boys.

    • Buffy: So I've seen... on the Discovery Channel. With gorillas and sharks.
      Buffy tries to recover from letting slip that she's seen the Initiative behavior modification at work by saying she's seen it on the Discovery Channel. The Discovery Channel is big on nature shows and other educational TV.

    • Buffy: Will, I think you better get used to... a Twinkie? That's his lunch?
      Twinkies are a snack food made of sponge cake with a cream filling. They are far from health food.